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Choose Your Favorite Bagel Tour

Bens Bagel Tour -Grand Central
Bens Bagel Tour - Lower East Side

Iconic Tastes, Iconic Tours!

What better way is there to begin any walking tour of New York than with the most iconic food of New York? The genuine, New York bagel… fresh out of the oven! Getting hungry? Great, because you’re about to embark on a New York tour experience you’ll never forget. Select a fun-filled walking tour in the iconic neighborhood or landmark of your choice.

Bens Bagel Tour - Classic Bagels

Ess-a-Bagel: Making, Baking & Tasting Experience

This is the tour for bagel lovers and anyone who wants to make, bake and sample a sumptuous variety of bagels, spreads, and desserts from NYC’s legendary bagel purveyor, Ess-a-Bagel while learning about the legendary area of Herald Square, home to Macy’s, Pennsylvania Station, Koreatown, the Empire State Building and Ess-a-Bagel, a family run New York institution since 1976.  

On this tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and into the kitchen to watch master bagel rollers do their thing and even give rolling a whirl yourself. You’ll learn the bagel making process from start to finish and the storied history of bagels (and lox) from “The Bagel Expert” himself, Ben Wagenberg.  A quintessential feast for the mind and the tummy, you’ll be sampling and savoring the best of the best from the best including freshly baked bagels of all kinds, tempting spreads, appetizing salads and decadent cookies and cakes. And everyone on the tour receives half a dozen bagels to take home with them!

Bagel Tour Tidbits:

Did you know? Ess-a-Bagel is the exclusive bagel supplier to Amazon Go stores and United Airlines Lounges.

Did you know? Central Asian Uyghurs made a bagel-like pastry called a “girde” but ancient Romans may have been the first “bagel” makers with their rolled and seasoned bread with a hole in the middle

The Ess-a-Bagel tour is about 1 hour, 45 minutes. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Bens Bagel Tour -Lower East Side

Lower East Side: The Eat Everything Bagel Tour

See it all and taste it all, beginning with the deliciously fresh everything bagel! Take in the sights, mesmerizing aromas, and mouthwatering noshes of the Lower East Side as Ben expertly guides you through this historic neighborhood where eating great food is a tradition. Since the early 1800’s, this area has been home to immigrants starting a new life in America who have made key cultural, economic, and epicurean contributions to New York City.

Now, a new wave of immigrants, the hipsters, not from across the sea but from New York itself, are moving in and dramatically changing the “scene” of the Lower East Side. Get a feel for the old tenements and the new lifestyles. Experience it all from yesteryear’s Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery, Katz’s Deli, and Russ and Daughters appetizing to the latest bar, restaurant, and hot-spot trends!

Bagel Tour Tidbits:

Did you know? During World War II, Katz’s Deli was on a mission to send salamis to troops overseas to give them a taste of home, and this popular slogan was born; “Send a salami to your boy in the army!”

Did you know? Hundreds of small bagel bakeries, mostly in basements, once inhabited the Lower East Side. Today Kossar’s Bialys still remains on Grand street and continues to bake on premises.

The Lower East Side tour is about 2 ½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Meet in front of Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery

Bens Bagel Tour -Grand Central

Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour

Treat yourself to a sesame bagel and an inside peak at the inner workings and behind-the-scenes secret treasures of one of the world’s top-ten touring sights — Grand Central Terminal. A triumph of architecture and transportation for its era, Grand Central has been renowned as a premier destination for more than 100 years. Trains such as the 20th Century Limited set the highest standard of luxury travel for its time.

These days, the terminal is also a destination for deliciousness exhibited at an exceptional range of top food establishments. A special variety of these yummy delights can be experienced at Grand Central Market® and at several eateries on the lower level dining concourse. Granted landmark status in 1976, Grand Central remains one of New York’s great tourist destinations with many stories to tell, and now many tastes to savor!

Bagel Tour Tidbits:

Did you know? The perspective of the zodiac painting on the roof of Grand Central’s main concourse is upside down. Even though you look up to see it, the point of view is as though you were looking down from the heavens.

Did you know? As part of the 1998 refurbishing of Grand Central Terminal, the lower concourse was converted into a lavish food promenade with a wide array of eateries including Zaro’s Bakery with fresh bagels baked daily.

The tour of Grand Central is about 1½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Meet at Information Booth on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal

Bens Bagel Tour - Ben Wagenberg

Create Your Own Bagel Tour

Which area of Manhattan or other boroughs of New York City would you like to explore? Ben will tailor a tour specifically suited to your tastes (including your choice of fresh bagel).

Tell Ben what you want and he’ll make it happen

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